A slower week as we all recover from our Thanksgiving hangovers and food-induced comas. Get ready for Krampus.
Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.
Rotten Watch Prediction
See X-mas get scary in the trailer for Krampus:
I’ll admit I’m confused by this flick. At first I thought it would be a hybrid flick in that it would provide a few kiddy scares with a bunch of comedy mixed in. But that wasn’t the vibe I got from the trailer as it looked a lot more scary than I originally considered. This isn’t to say I myself was terrified by the trailer (I swear!) but the amount of things going bump around Christmas Eve night had me wondering who’d actually go see the flick. It looks way too scary for medium-aged kids, and way too corny for adults. That’s a rough middle ground to exist in, and I think the movie suffers because of it.
Directed by Michael Dougherty, Krampus tells the story of the titular character, a bizarro Santa Claus, coming to wreak havoc and horror on a family on Christmas Eve. I suppose it’s some kind of commentary on the silliness of the holiday (or it’s just a funny concept) in which kids are terrorized instead of rewarded with presents under the tree. Dougherty’s helmed Trick ‘r Treat (86%) and helped pen Superman Returns (76%) and X2: X-Men United (86%) so he has some wins under his belt. But I don’t think this one follows suit. I have a feeling it rubs many folks the wrong way, and isn’t funny enough to fully distinguish itself as a horror comedy.
But if you want to take your kids right out of the Christmas spirit, or looking for an alternative to Elf on the Shelf, then this might be the right flick for you.